18th March Newsletter

A note from Mr Applegate

We had a mini-inspection on Tuesday by the local authority. The children were their usual amazing selves, and we had very positive feedback. We also had a senior leader from an outstanding school in Surrey join us on Friday. Again, the children were great, and she complimented our “wonderful school!”  I’d like to extend my thanks to our staff, who work incredibly hard every day. This week was really just a normal week! I am very proud to be Head Teacher at St Mark’s.

I’ve been pleased to see our children’s writing this week, too. Across the school, boys and girls alike are enjoying writing due to our new, structured approach. Just ask them about why ‘sentence stacking’ is helping!

A huge thanks goes to those parents who have already so generously donated to our annual capital projects fund.  Should any of you still wish to donate, please feel free to do so.  If you have misplaced the letter, which includes our gift aid form, please email us and we will gladly send a replacement form out to you.  

Have a great weekend! Mr Applegate

School Car Park

As the school car park is becoming increasingly congested, we need to review the number of parents who have access to the car park.

Please could all parents who need access to the school car park email the school office with the reason/need to park here.

Even if you have been granted permission in the past, you will still need to email the office again to obtain permission.

You can contact us at adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk


Parents’ Evenings

Details have been emailed out. Please contact the office if you have not received it.

Parents’ Eve (2/3) – Weds 23rd March – 3:40-5:50pm *
Parents’ Eve (3/3) – Weds 30th March – 4-6pm

* Note that 6C’s second session will be on Thursday 24th March, not 23rd March

FOSM Easter Egg Hunt

Remember, tickets need to be purchased before the event and the closing date is Friday 25th March. Limited tickets available!

FOSM News and Dates

  • Thank you so much for your generosity with our FOSM Reading Challenge! There’s still time to bring any money in. The team are busy counting!


What are we learning this term?

Match Funding Anyone?

What is match funding?

If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money we raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for a whole event. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the PTA detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised.

Does your employer have a match funding scheme? 

You can contact your Human Resources Department to find out if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match funds at any of our events.

If your employer has a match funding policy, please do let us know, especially if you are already volunteering or thinking of volunteering at the Easter Disco, or any other PTA event.

Thank you in advance for looking into match funding. Every little really does help (and yes, Tesco do match fund!).


The topic this week is….


Wear a Hat Day – 25th March

On 25th March, we’re celebrating Wear a Hat Day. This is run by Brain Tumour Research. Some of you will remember Jayden, a St Mark’s pupil who passed away of a brain tumour (the blue and red chair by the KS1 playground is in memory of him – painted in Spiderman colours!).

We’ll have donation buckets on the gate if your child would like to wear a hat to school (with normal school uniform!). Thank you.

⭐ Star Learners ⭐

Star Learner Awards:

  • Year R: Jennifer, Arthur, Roman
  • Year 1: Konrad, Ayaan, Noah
  • Year 2: Maisie, Ellie, Mimi
  • Year 3: Amneet, Brogan, Jai
  • Year 4: Joshua F, Vince, Jack
  • Year 5: Noah W, Colin, Zach
  • Year 6: Max M, Parker, Brody

Rock Stars 

Amazing effort :
  • Year 3: Angelina K, Marley S, Benjamin T
  • Year 4: Harry B, Olivia N, Elizabeth B
  • Year 5: Emilia T, Isla B, Anaya S
  • Year 6: Aidan S, Kai E, Toby W

Most active class in each year group:

  • Year 3:  3SB & 3C
  • Year 4:  4T
  • Year 5:  5SP
  • Year 6:  6B & 6C
Numbots best effort:
  • Year1: Kieran, Thompson, Max T
  • Year 2: Mason, Ruby L, Mimi

Star Reader Awards:

  • Year 1: Kylara, Lewis, Harry B
  • Year 2: Ava Ma, Claudia  Elise
  • Year 3: Poppy, Dollie, Oscar
  • Year 4: Naia, Ross, Freddie
  • Year 5: Matheus, Emily, Emilia
  • Year 6: Madi P,  Isaac H, Harley

Music of the week!

Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer in the Romantic Era. This piece of music was inspired by a trip to Scotland when he visited the island of Staffa with its sea cave known as Fingal’s Cave. This tune popped into his head whilst he was there and he wrote it down on a postcard to send back home to his family.


think about

Community News

Girls Football (ages 5-11)

Hatch Warren Phoenix have recently set up a new football training group for girls aged 5-11, and are looking to get more girls involved. Training is run by fully qualified coaches and held 9:00-10:00 on Sunday mornings at Hatch Warren Infant School. No previous experience necessary and all abilities warmly welcome!

If you or someone you know might be interested in joining this friendly and fun group, feel free to contact Malcolm Leake via chairman@hatchwarrenphoenix.co.uk or 07787 133212.

FOSM - Support Our School!

About FOSM

The ‘Friends of St Mark’s’ (FOSM) was formed early in the life of the school. All parents are automatically members and our committee organises social events for children and adults and fund-raising events such as Key Stage discos, Easter Egg Hunts and Summer Fun days.

Over the last few years the ‘Friends’ have donated money that has contributed towards extra resources to benefit the children at St. Mark’s which has included playground equipment, books for the school library, and general school funds. We are now a registered charity, too. Charity number: 1188879

Join our Facebook group here.

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